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TurboCAD Export to DFX file for flat sheet cutting
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* February 09, 2016, 03:14:28 AM
Hi

I am using TurboCAD Pro 2015 Platinum and have drawn a case for a wall mount machine. I am new to this but have built up the model using flat sheets edited as blocks.
I am now at the stage to send them to be cut and assembled, however our manufacture needs individual DFX files for his lazer cutter to use for each sheet. I have don a save as DXF for selected sheets but it still includes extra information that is not needed and also the work plane is still set to the model settings instead of a flat sheet. All the cutter needs is the outline of each sheet with any holes marked up.
As yet I have been unable to give him any files that can be used.

Please help? :-\

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February 12, 2016, 01:01:52 PM
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I know you're not going to want to hear this, but I have gone so far as to delete everything else in the file except what I want to export.

This necessity became apparent when I exported a DXF to be imported into a PCB routing program and it included the Title Blocks I had on my template's Paper Space, so be sure all your Paper Spaces are empty and export from Model Space.


Jeff


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* February 12, 2016, 01:25:18 PM
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Instead of "delete everything", wouldn't selecting the necessary items, then in the "File / Save As" dialog select the "Selection" radio button. This will save just the "selection" and leave the actual drawing intact.

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February 12, 2016, 01:59:32 PM
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My understanding of the 3rd sentence is that he tried saving selected objects.  Perhaps he didn't select the 'Selection' radio button active.


Jeff


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* May 03, 2016, 04:14:59 AM
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Hi. I am having a similar issue, trying to send a dxf file to a laser cutting service. I've drawn it in TurboCad Pro19, in 2D. Should this be OK, or go they need 3D?

Also, should I remove all text, dimensions etc, and just send the drawn object?

And send it in World View only?

Thank you.

Dominic (Australia).

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* May 03, 2016, 04:39:10 AM
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We have a Plasma cutter, which works similar to laser cutter in that it is only 2D, as opposed to a mill or lathe that needs 3D data. The preferable method is to have only a 2D drawing set in world plan view and on the world plane. No mark ups of dimensions or text should be in the cut file. But there is a catch. You should still be sending a file, such as a PDF with all the dimensions and pertinent info so that the operator can verify that the finished product meets what is desired.
Now, personally I don't mind someone sending me a DXF that is marked up, it takes little time to clean up the drawing by removing markups and often better than no CAD drawing. It is the policy of some of our customers to not even send any type of CAD drawing with the parts to be cut. They send only PDF with the specifications and detailed info as to the finished product. But other shops or operators may not want to take the few minutes to clean up drawing or to recreate the CAD file.
Bottom line, contact the company that will be cutting the parts and ask what are their requirements.

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